Crime

Police say armed attacks on two KCK women are related

Kansas City, Kan., police say they think the same man robbed two women in their homes Monday morning and shot one after sexually assaulting her.

The injured woman was hospitalized in serious condition. The other victim was not harmed, police said.

The first robbery occurred about 7 a.m. in the 3100 block of Eaton Street. Police said that as the victim arrived home, she noticed a man she thought might have been following her. He was driving a white or silver sedan. As she tried to enter her house, the man threatened her with a handgun and forced her inside. He stole a backpack before fleeing.

About two hours later, a woman arriving at her home in the 2500 block of North 64th Street was accosted by a man with a handgun who forced her into the home. Police said they think the woman may have been followed home from a gas station at 60th Street and Parallel Parkway.

Police said the gunman sexually assaulted the woman and shot her before fleeing in her vehicle, which later was found empty and burned near Ninth Street and Oakland Avenue.

Maj. Vince Davenport, the chief of detectives, said that police were “very confident” the two incidents were connected and involved randomly selected victims.

A detailed description of the suspect was not available.

Davenport said anyone who lives in the areas of the crimes who may have seen anything suspicious Monday morning should call police at 913-573-6020 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477).

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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